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Liberty at Charleston Southern Tonight

February 18, 2008  Charleston, S.C.  RSS
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Men's hoops conclude their "Beach Trip" with a contest at Charleston Southern on Monday night.

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Game Preview
Liberty continues a three-game road trip, as they conclude the annual "Beach Tour", with the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, Monday evening, inside the CSU Field House. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday's contest will have a radio broadcast that will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Jerry Edwards providing play-by-play. Additionally, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available. There will also be a live video stream of the broadcast via the Big South EDGE, available on

Liberty Update
The Flames enter tonight's contest on the heels of a 65-51 triumph at Coastal Carolina on Saturday. Anthony Smith became the 20th player in Liberty program history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau, as the junior scored 17 points in the victory to reach the milestone. Prior to Saturday's win, the Flames suffered a 59-50 setback to Winthrop on Feb. 12, despite Alex McLean's ninth double-double in his last 12 games. McLean led all scorers with 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, his last carom marked the 500th of his career. Liberty entered the Winthrop game on the heels of a resounding 83-54 victory over the league-leading UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Feb. 9. Anthony Smith led all scorers with 18 points, while McLean collected his 11th double-double of the season, tallying 13 points and 10 rebounds. B.J. Jenkins added career highs in rebounds (9), assists (8) and steals (5) to go with his 13 markers.

Liberty versus Charleston Southern
Tonight's contest marks the 41st all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Liberty leads the series, 23-17. Liberty looks to sweep the season series for the second-straight season and for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

The last time Liberty appeared in the CSU Field House, they snapped a
22-game losing streak, as the Flames topped the Buccaneers, 66-63.

Larry Blair scored 15 points, while Alex McLean chipped in 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

All-Time Series Results

Jan. 19, 2008 W (79-63) Lynchburg
Feb. 10, 2007 W (83-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 22, 2007 W (66-63) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 11, 2006 L (45-61) Lynchburg
Jan. 30, 2006 L (71-73) Charleston, S.C.
Mar. 1, 2005 L (60-66) Lynchburg
Feb. 12, 2005 W (70-66) Lynchburg
Jan. 17, 2005 W (71-59) Charleston, S.C.
Mar. 2, 2004 W (60-54) Lynchburg
Feb. 9, 2004 W (71-67) * Lynchburg
Jan. 5, 2004 W (71-55) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 15, 2003 W (54-48) Lynchburg
Jan. 23, 2003 L (57-78) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 4, 2002 L (53-66) Lynchburg
Jan. 12, 2002 L (64-89) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 5, 2001 L (81-82) * Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 13, 2001 W (70-57) Lynchburg
Feb. 14, 2000 W (76-60) Lynchburg
Jan. 24, 2000 L (58-60) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 6, 1999 L (91-94) * Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 18, 1999 L (67-72) Lynchburg
Feb. 16, 1998 W (75-72) Lynchburg
Jan. 24, 1998 L (69-72) Charleston, S.C.
Mar. 1, 1997 L (54-64) Lynchburg
Feb. 17, 1997 W (88-77) Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 25, 1997 W (72-68) Lynchburg
Feb. 17, 1996 W (77-61) Lynchburg
Jan. 20, 1996 W (81-75) Charleston, S.C.
Mar. 4, 1995 L (58-60) Lynchburg
Feb. 18, 1995 L (70-72) Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 21, 1995 W (63-58) Lynchburg
Mar. 4, 1994 W (82-71) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 19, 1994 W (90-81) Lynchburg
Jan. 22, 1994 W (71-67) Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 30, 1993 W (72-58) Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 11, 1993 W (60-49) Lynchburg
Feb. 15, 1992 W (76-60) Lynchburg
Jan. 6, 1992 L (75-80) Charleston, S.C.
Jan. 23, 1991 L (73-77) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 21, 1991 L (67-79) Lynchburg
* - Overtime Game

Current Flames With Notable Games Versus Charleston Southern
Anthony Smith (22 points and seven rebounds vs. CSU, Jan. 19, 2008)
Alex McLean (16 points and seven rebounds vs. CSU, Jan. 19, 2008)
TeeJay Bannister (14 points and eight assists vs. CSU, Jan. 19, 2008)
Anthony Smith (15 points and five rebounds vs. CSU, Feb. 10, 2007)
Alex McLean (14 points and seven rebounds at CSU, Jan. 22, 2007)

McKay versus the Big South Conference
Head coach Ritchie McKay is 7-5 all-time against the Big South Conference. Two of the seven victories have come against Charleston Southern. The first came last season when McKay's Lobo team at New Mexico defeated Charleston Southern, 76-69. The second was on Jan. 19.

When Holding Opponents Under 70
The Flames are 12-5 when their opponents score less than 70 points and 2-7 when their opposition tallies more than 70 points. Liberty's wins over Niagara (86-81) and VMI (87-81) are the two occasions when Liberty won a game while allowing over 70 points.

Road Woes
The Flames have lost 34 of their last 40 road games, dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season. Three of the wins during that span came last season. A 66-63 victory at Charleston Southern on Jan. 22, a 118-108 victory at VMI on Feb. 21 and a 64-48 win at Radford on Feb. 24. The victory in Lexington was the Flames first since Dec. 7, 1991, and the win at Radford was Liberty's first since Feb. 22, 1997. The fourth road win was a 55-53 triumph at East Carolina on Nov. 17, the fifth road win was on Jan. 28 at VMI, 87-81 and the sixth was a 65-51 triumph at Charleston Southern on Saturday.

Alex McLean Grabs 500th Career Rebound
Senior Alex McLean pulled down his 500th career rebound against Winthrop on Feb. 12. The milestone makes McLean the only two-year letterwinner in program history to accomplish such a feat in two years. All other members of Liberty's 500 rebound club played at least three seasons on Liberty Mountain. McLean joined Jason Dixon (467) and Dan Kennard (471) as the only two-year letterwinners to reach the 400 rebound milestone. Dixon and McLean are the only ones to accomplish the feat since Liberty's move to NCAA Division I.

Anthony Smith Reaches 1,000 Career Points
Junior Anthony Smith scored 17 points while eclipsing the 1,000-point plateau on Saturday at Coastal Carolina. With 15 points scored on Jan. 21 versus Coastal Carolina, Smith became the 20th player in program history, and the ninth since Liberty moved to Division I, to score 900 career points. Every player in program history who has scored at least 900 career points has reached the 1,000-point plateau.

Next on the Scoring List for Anthony Smith
With 1,004 career points, Anthony Smith sits 19th all-time in Liberty annals for scoring. On Saturday Smith passed Mike Minett (1,001) with his 17-point performance at Coastal Carolina. Next on the list is Mike Goad (1,013), who owns the 18th spot on Liberty's career scoring list. Goad was a two-year letterwinner from 1974-75.

Freshman First
Jeremy Anderson became the first Flame freshman to score 20 or more points in a game since David Dees scored 22 points against St. Joesph's in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Anderson hit the mark exactly (20) on Jan. 28 at VMI.

Bobby Knight and Ritchie McKay
Ritchie McKay had the dubious honor of being the head coach of the opposition on Jan. 1, 2007. That evening Bobby Knight secured career win No. 880, passing Dean Smith, as the all-time winningest coach in Division I men's college basketball. McKay's New Mexico squad dropped the contest in Lubbock, Texas, 70-68.